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MANG6314 Integrated Logistics

Module Overview

Logistics studies the optimal planning and control of materials, information, and cash-flows through the processes of transformation, transportation, and storage within a system. Integrated logistics studies the management of the logistics across multiple products and multiple firms in a supply chain. Supply chain coordination studies how companies that retain independent decision making can improve the overall performance in their supply chain while also realising their individual objectives.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the modern concepts and approaches used in managing logistics and supply chains in an integrated manner;
  • the logistics' function in relation to the firm's strategy, cash-flow management and supplier- and customer- relationship/contract management;
  • strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of logistics operations of a company.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • model and solve new logistics situations and problems;
  • critically evaluate logistics processes for areas of improvement;
  • determine and calculate the impact of (coordination) contracts on logistics performance.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • structure and solve problems;
  • apply quantitative decision making methods;
  • utilise written communication;
  • apply spreadsheet modelling and manipulation.


• The supply chain as a strategic asset – including: performance measures, trade-offs, zone of strategic fit, strategic capacity management. • Historical perspective on supply chain strategies – including: push/pull boundary, MPS/MRP/ERP, JIT & TQM & lean and the Toyota Kanban system, time based competition and TOC, innovation & product life cycle, agility, e-Business, and data-driven logistics. • Data-driven supply and demand planning and control, with applications to yield and inventory management, setting appropriate service levels, bullwhip effect, and value of centralised stock control. • Strategic alliances, outsourcing, and coordination in decentralised supply chains, including: the role of power, impact of double marginalisation, contract equipment manufacturing, third party logistics service providers, supplier – retailer partnerships, consignment stock & vendor managed inventories, distributor integration & lateral transhipments, types of contracts.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning activities include: • Lectures • Private study • Use of on-line materials • In-class case studies • A group work

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Winston, W.L. (2004). Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms. 

Silver, E.A., D.F. Pyke, and R. Peterson (1998). Inventory Management and Production Planning and Scheduling. 

Jacobs, F.R., R.B. Chase, and N.J. Aquilano (2014). Operations and Supply Chain Management. 

Simchi-Levi, D., P. Kaminsky, and E. Simchi-Levi (2004). Managing the Supply Chain: The Definitive Guide for the Business Professional. 



Class Test


MethodPercentage contribution
Group Coursework  (2500 words) 50%
Individual Coursework 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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